The Other Side of Midnight

from by Elaine Mahon

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This song started with an instrumental I had written years before along with the chorus that stubbornly attached itself to it. It wasn’t until Lisa, Penny & I were working together that it dawned on me to present it to them as a song that was begging to be written. It didn’t take long for us to come up with the verses and a bridge once we starting sharing our experiences with insomnia. Working with these two brilliant women writers was tremendous fun.


© 2012 Lisa Aschmann/Nashville Geographic, ASCAP;
Elaine Mahon/ Six Pelicans Publishing, BMI;
& Penny Nichols/2000 Smiles Music, BMI

Long day, so tired
Can’t sleep, too wired
Get up, get a drink
Can’t work, can’t think

(Chorus) And I know, I’ve got to find another way
Back through the other side of midnight
to the new day

Missed turns, closed doors
Blind alleys I’ve been down before
Loose words, deaf ears
In the dark with my worst fears


Mocking bird outside my window
Ever hopeful as he sings his song
Still sleepy I sink back into my pillow
While in the darkness he presses on


Warm sun, cool skin
Welcome to the world again
Chorus in the oak tree
Sink back into a reverie



from REACH FOR THE STARS, track released February 3, 2017
Lead Vocal & Acoustic Guitar: Elaine Mahon
Bass: Lon Williamson
Mandolin: Gabe Valla
Vocal Harmonies & Arrangements: Penny Nichols



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Elaine Mahon Gainesville, Florida

With her 2017 release, REACH FOR THE STARS, Elaine Mahon has written a collection of songs that evoke a sense of wonder while inspiring hope and offering empowerment. Mahon's songs reflect her perspective as an astronomer, while remaining deeply rooted in the natural world we all live in. Mahon performs solo at festivals, venues and house concerts in Florida and throughout the Southeastern US. ... more

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